By Kenneth K. Hatfield
"War is ready patriotism, approximately sacrifice, approximately conquering worry. and maybe so much of all, it really is concerning the man in the foxhole subsequent to you, taking good care of one another, retaining every one different, loving one another; a camaraderie so extreme in simple terms males who've been in strive against can ever comprehend what it truly is like. convinced, so much of all, warfare is approximately love."
Heartland Heroes is a set of exceptional tales from usual women and men who lived via amazing instances. They resided in areas like Lee’s Summit, Independence, and Kansas urban, but their studies have been greatly like these of worldwide battle II veterans all over. a few have been marines, nurses, or fighter pilots, others have been easily civilians who lived during the conflict less than the martial legislation imposed at the Hawaiian Islands after the assault on Pearl Harbor.
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I knew I had to put the airplane in the sea before it got dark and the engines quit,” he said. As he searched for a place to ditch, the crew suddenly spotted breakers, which meant they had reached the Chinese coast. With engines sputtering, Hoover managed to get the plane up to six hundred feet and gave the order to bail out. Then someone pointed out a tidal ﬂat. Hoover sighted on a long, straight rice paddy, circled, and brought the plane down. “It was the smoothest, slickest, nicest landing I ever made,” he said.
The heavier, single-engine, single-seat P-40, however, had a higher top speed, a faster dive, and superior ﬁrepower—four thirty-caliber wing guns and two ﬁfty-caliber guns in the nose. The American pilots were warned not to engage in individual dogﬁghts with the Japanese; the trick was to attack the agile Zeros quickly and then escape. “It [the P-40] was a rugged airplane,” Layher said. ” Later in the war, Layher got a chance to ﬂy the navy’s new Corsair ﬁghter. He was impressed. “We couldn’t help but think, ‘If we only had that type of aircraft over there,’ ” he said.
She was surprised. “The only thing I knew about radios was how to turn one on and off,” she said, laughing. After she left boot camp, she went to school to learn radio operation and radio/telephone maintenance. “I thought the war was going to be over before I got out of school,” she said. Eventually she ended up in San Francisco and was put to work testing radio equipment to be shipped to the troops overseas. Mike Norris was also a marine. He was a combat radioman with the Third Marine Raider Battalion in the South Paciﬁc.
Heartland heroes : remembering World War II by Kenneth K. Hatfield